Meet the Staff

Peter Jenkins is director of college counseling at NMH and a longtime English teacher and crew coach. He has been at NMH since 1986, and previously worked at the Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland, and Tabor Academy in Marion, Massachusetts. He graduated from Northwestern University and earned a master’s degree at the University of Chicago. He is married to retired NMH math teacher and crew coach Vicky Jenkins; they shepherded five children through the college admission process and survived.

Jim Burstein ’87 is a college counselor, boys’ varsity soccer co-head coach, and the Jewish students’ advisor. After attending NMH, he graduated from Connecticut College and earned a master’s in counseling psychology from Boston College. He has worked at NMH since 2006 and spent the previous nine years as a college counselor, guidance counselor, and boys’ varsity soccer coach at Newton North High School in Massachusetts. His oldest son is in the NMH Class of 2019.

Jen Davenport came to NMH in 2011, and has worked in the College Counseling Office since 2013. Previously, she was a biology teacher and basketball/softball coach at Stoneleigh-Burnham School. Jen graduated from Stoneleigh-Burnham and Westfield State University. In her current role, Jen provides support for four counselors, manages the college-visit calendar, and oversees Naviance (database used to manage college applications). She also serves as the office contact for college coaches requesting academic materials for prospective student-athletes.

David duKor-Jackson serves as a college counselor, dorm faculty member in Shea Family Cottage, boys’ JV soccer coach, and Diversity and Social Justice teacher. He graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in science education/biology, and won two NCAA championships as a member of the men’s soccer team. Prior to his arrival at NMH, he spent three years in the College Counseling Office at Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island, after working for nearly two decades in college admission, a career highlighted by leadership roles at Loyola Maryland, Bucknell, and MIT. His daughter is in the NMH Class of 2021.

Nate Hemphill has worked at NMH since 1991 and joined the College Counseling Office in 2010. A Dartmouth and Yale graduate, Nate is a longtime math teacher and has also been a Student Life Dean and the Director of Faculty Recruitment. He is the parent of two NMH graduates.

Sarah Kenyon has worked in college counseling at NMH since 2000. Upon graduation from McDaniel College in Maryland, she joined the admission staff, then served eight years as associate director of admission at Johns Hopkins University. She left Hopkins to become director of college counseling at the Walnut Hill School in Massachusetts and then at the Hun School of Princeton. At NMH, she also coaches JV field hockey, serves on the Core Team (substance abuse counseling), teaches Diversity and Social Justice, and lives in a girls’ dormitory. Her daughter graduated from NMH in 2018; her son is in the Class of 2020.

Diane King has worked in the NMH College Counseling office since 1981. She is the assistant to Director Peter Jenkins and manages all the standardized testing that takes place at NMH, including the SAT, ACT, TOEFL, and Advanced Placement examinations.

Erin Lyman '97 joined the NMH faculty in 2012 after five years at Groton School. She earned an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and a master's degree in education leadership from Columbia University Teachers College. She was previously employed in undergraduate college admissions at the University of Vermont, Bowdoin College, and Columbia University. In addition to her position as college counselor at NMH, Erin lives in a girls' dormitory and coaches track and field and cross-country.

James Burstein

James Burstein

Counselor
Jennifer Davenport

Jennifer Davenport

Administrative Assistant
David duKor-Jackson

David duKor-Jackson

Counselor
Nathaniel Hemphill

Nathaniel Hemphill

Counselor, Teacher
Peter Jenkins

Peter Jenkins

Director, Teacher
Sarah Kenyon

Sarah Kenyon

Counselor
Diane King

Diane King

Administrative Assistant/Testing Coordinator
Erin Lyman

Erin Lyman

Counselor
Gretel Schatz

I want dance students to engage their own memory and intellect.

Becca Malloy

Science isn't just talk, but it certainly helps.

Mary Hefner

I love teaching AP Bio. The kids are highly motivated.

Faculty Profiles
Mitike

This past summer, I increased my awareness of my identity by reconnecting with my native country, Ethiopia.

Ryan

“I don’t think I would be anywhere near the person I am today if it wasn’t for NMH. It’s enlightened me about so many different things, and I’ve met people from everywhere you can imagine.”

Josh

In my old school, I never saw myself as someone who could be a Division I player one day. Now I can.

David

"One of my biggest influences has been my math teacher. He built this love of math in me—specifically, the idea that math can be used to interpret the world." 

Lila

"The fact that everything is here at my fingertips has really helped me grow."

Ismini

"Almost all of our classes are conversation-based, which means that you're totally engaged in classroom discussion."

Noah

"I enjoy helping my friends, and it's given me a new respect for teachers. I may even go into teaching myself one day."

Isaac

"In VOTES, I learned how to prepare and present—skills I drew on in Washington."

Yvonne

 "This year, I'm field hockey captain. I enjoy giving advice and support."

David

“I like that you can start completely new things. You can reinvent yourself.”

Maggie

Dance has taken this creative learner on an artistic journey. 

Xiaoxian (Lily)

 “My teachers told me to use my own voice, and they pushed me to think about what I really believed in.”

Abby

"The curriculum here is hard, but it’s the right amount of hard."

Ngone

“The academics are extremely rigorous, but because of the way teachers present things, it’s like, ‘I have school today!’”

Eli
Eli

“The learning you can do in a study-abroad program can outweigh anything else you can do even at a school like this.” 

Kevin

“NMH encouraged me to explore new things, try everything, and see what’s best for me.”

Isabella

“You’ll always find a place here as long as you just be yourself.”

Melvin

“There is a community here that cares about you.”

Student Profiles
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